Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian

Associate Professor
Ravi Subramanian

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2004
  • M.S., University of Mumbai, India, 1999
  • B.S., University of Nagpur, India, 1996


Ravi Subramanian is currently an associate professor of chemical engineering. He is on the graduate faculty of the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department and an adjunct in the Chemistry Department. He is also the solar energy thrust area coordinator in the Renewable Energy Center at the University. His area of research focus is on nanostructured materials for solar energy utilization. He has expertise in the synthesis, characterization and application of photoactive materials in photovoltaics, clean fuel production and environmental remediation. In his 12 years of research he has developed inorganic materials including semiconductor-semiconductor and semiconductor-metal nanocomposites for applications related to solar energy utilization and fuel cells.

Research interests

  • Solar energy materials
  • Photocatalytic processes
  • Environmental remediation
  • Fuel cell catalysts
  • Energy Storage systems

Positions and appointments

  • 2012-Present. Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
    • Graduate Director, Chemical Engineering
    • Director, SOLAR Lab
    • Solar Thrust Area Lead, Renewable Energy Center
  • 2006-2012. Assistant Professor. Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2005-2006. Research Assistant Professor. University of Illinois, Urbana

Class Materials

  • CHE 102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 301 Introduction to Renewable Energy
  • CHE 410R Renewable Energy Systems
  • CHE 440 Chemical Reactor Design
  • ENGR 650 Solar Energy (Online)

Selected & Recent Publications

  • Subramanian, V.; Sarker, S.; Yu, B.: Kar, A.; Sun, X.; Dey, S.K.; TiONanotubes and its Composites: Photo-Catalytic and Other Photo Driven Applications [Accepted: JMR-2012-0366]
  • Mukerjee, B.; Wilson, W.; Subramanian, V. TiO2 Nanotube (T_NT) surface treatment revisited: Implications of ZnO, TiCl4, and H202 treatment on the photoelectrochemical properties of T_NT and T_NT/CdSe. [Accepted: NR-ART-06-2012-031660]
  • Wilson, W.; Manivannan, A.; Subramanian, V. Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradations of recalcitrant pollutants over CdS - TiO2 nanotubes: Boosting effect of TiO2 nanoparticles at nanotube-CdS interface Appl.Catal. A- General, 2012, 441,28,1-9.
  • Mukerjee, B.; Smith, Y.; Subramanian, V. CdSe nanocrystal assemblies on anodized TiO2 nanotubes: Optical, Surface, and Photoelectrochemical properties. J.Phys.Chem.C. 2012, 11, 29, 15175-15184.
  • Mukerjee, B.; Peterson, A.; Subramanian, V. Synthesis of 1D CdS/PbS heterostructured nanowires through cation exchange Chem. Comm. 2012, 48, 2415-2417